By Lisa: St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri was the scene as Washington D.C. couple Leah Marie Fowler and Jason Michael Whitaker came home to celebrate the sacrament of holy matrimony with family and friends. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on July 9, 2016 as the ceremony began promptly at 2pm under the direction of Father Don Farnan. Millie’s Event Designs; www.millieseventdesigns.com was on site as the chosen "day of" wedding coordinator.
|Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker|
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
The church was brightly lit as the sun was shining through the stain glass. Each pew decorated with large white hydrangeas knotted with satin ribbon each one tied into an oversize bow. The bride looked exquisite in her white lace, beaded off the shoulder gown. She wore a floor length netted vail that complemented her fanned out train. The bridesmaids wore chiffon powder blue floor length gowns, each one having its own unique neckline styling. Upon the exchange of vows, Father Farnan then blessed their marriage and presented the couple to family and friends for the first time as “Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker.” The guests celebrated outside the church with bubbles to send off the happy couple to their reception in downtown Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center; www.kcmo.org
As guests arrived at the Convention Center, they were greeted with a lovely cocktail reception. Both guests and the new couple were entertained by custom caricatures drawn by artist, Eileen McCoy; www.eileenmccoy.com. Promptly at 6:45pm, the guests were ushered into their assigned tables in the adjoining ballroom. Each table was beautifully decorated by Maple Lane Designs; www.maplelanedesigns.com with tall clear cylinder vases that showed off the beautiful nosegay and large white hydrangea blooms that were complemented with white roses blended with dark greenery. The wedding party was then announced by the band leader Chris Baker of Musivo Live; www.musivolive.com to join guests, family and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker were all smiles as they entered the ballroom. Upon entry, they made their way over to the dance floor where they cut their beautiful wedding cake and shared their traditional champagne toast. Brian Fowler, the father of the bride, then welcomed all and gave the blessing prior to dinner. The buffet lines were then opened beginning with the head table, followed by family, and then guests. Once everyone was seated again and finishing their meals, it was now time for the traditional wedding toasts. Brain Fowler again took center stage, this time with Leah and Jason by his side, where he made a memorable and heartfelt toast. With sentimental tears in their eyes, the guests raised their glasses to toast the newlyweds. Brian then presented the couple one more time as they took center stage for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Jason Whitaker. Their dance was then followed by Brian and Leah and then Jason and his mother. Afterwards, the dance floor was opened for everyone to show off their dance moves to the sounds of Musivo Live.
As the reception was coming to a close and after some brief thundershowers that brightened the Kansas City night sky, the guests were move out to the patio for one final sendoff. The skies were brightened once again as the guests formed two lines and each held spectacular wedding sparklers forming a tunnel of light for Jason and Leah to make their exit.
Congratulations to Jason and Leah, the new Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker. Thank you for choosing Millie's Event Designs; www.millieseventdesigns.com as your "day of" wedding coordinator! We tremendously enjoyed helping make every moment of your big day seamless and effortless.